Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Schiano not sold on Freeman?
By Tom Carpenter
After four NFL seasons, it remains unclear just how good, or bad, Josh Freeman is. Consider the ups and downs of his quarterback rating: 59.9 (2009), 95.9 (2010), 74.6 (2011) and 81.6 (2012). Some of that fluctuation has to do with the talent surrounding him over the years and the learning curve that any young QB will experience while learning the ropes as a pro. But it appears that while the Bucs organization as a whole has bought into Freeman, his coach is still not quite fully on board, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Eric Holder.
"The Bucs, as an organization, aren’t all that concerned about the record-breaking Freeman and the quarterback position. In fact, people close to Freeman have confirmed that just about everyone at One Buc Place seems onboard with Freeman except for one person: coach Greg Schiano," Holder wrote.
"Whether that’s because the head coach didn’t draft Freeman or because he feels he hasn’t seen enough, everything you’ve read and heard about the Bucs looking into quarterbacks in free agency and the draft has been driven almost exclusively by Schiano."
The Bucs re-signed backup Dan Orlovsky, and even if they draft a QB in three weeks, it's unlikely that Freeman will really be pushed by either of them. Freeman will be a free agent next offseason, which means that he will have to prove himself to be a quality starting QB if he wants to stick with the Bucs or land a big payday elsewhere in 2014.